The Oklahoma men’s tennis team picked up several victories on Friday afternoon while splitting its squad in two competitions this weekend in Tulsa and Annapolis, Md. Two Sooners wrapped up the first day of competition in the 12th annual Hurricane Invitational in Tulsa, while the remainder of the team defeated Richmond on the opening day of the Navy Tennis Invitational at the Naval Academy Tennis Courts.
The Sooners took four of the six singles matches and two of three in doubles play to defeat the Spiders. All four of the singles victories were won in straight sets with juniors Alexei Ivanov and Lee Gregg, sophomore Marek Velicka and senior Silviu Tanasoiu pulling out the wins.
Although suffering the Sooners’ two losses in singles play, freshmen Razvan Axente and Frederoco Chavarria teamed up to pick up a win in doubles competition. The pair defeated Doug Banker and Matt Stillwagon, 9-8.
Also picking up their second wins of the day in doubles competition were Ivanov and Tanasoiu who comfortably won 8-2 over Bobby McNally and Jeppy Moss.
Oklahoma will face the host school Navy on Saturday at 8 a.m. (CST) on the second day of play in the Navy Invitational.
At the Hurricane Invitational, junior Tommy Garrison and senior Ondreu Fukala picked up singles victories but lost when they paired up for their doubles match. In singles competition, Fukala needed three sets to defeat Ricardo Soriano of Tulsa, 3-6, 6-4 and 7-6. After winning a first set tie-breaker (7-6), Garrison topped Texas’ Milan Mihailvoic, 6-3, in the second set.
The duo then dropped their doubles match by a score of 2-8 to Tulsa’s Achim Roth and Aleksander Charpantidis.
Navy Invitational Results - Oklahoma vs. Richmond
Alexei Ivanov (OU) def. Derek Schwandt (UR) - 7-5, 6-0
Marek Velicka (OU) def. Jeppy Moss (UR) - 6-1, 6-2
Lee Gregg (OU) def. Matt Cabana (UR) - 6-3, 6-1
Silviu Tanasoiu (OU) def. Doug Banker (UR) - 6-4, 6-3
Bobby McNally (UR) def. Razvan Axente (OU) - 6-2, 6-1
Matt Stillwagon (UR) def. Frederoco Chavarria (OU) - 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
Cabana/Schwandt (UR) def. Gregg/Velicka (OU) - 9-7
Invanov/Tanasoiu (OU) def. McNally/Moss (UR) - 8-2
Axente/Chavarria (OU) def. Banker/Stillwagon (UR) - 9-8
Hurricane Invitational Results
Ondreu Fukala (OU) def. Ricardo Soriano (TU) - 3-6, 6-4, 7-6
Tommy Garrison (OU) def. Milan Mihailvoic (UT) - 7-6, 6-3
Achim Roth/Aleksander Charpantidis (TU) def. Fukala/Garrison (OU) - 8-2